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Development of a novel SCADA system for laboratory testing

Patel, M., Cole, G.R., Pryor, T.L. and Wilmot, N. (2004) Development of a novel SCADA system for laboratory testing. ISA Transactions, 43 (3). pp. 477-490.


This document summarizes the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that allows communication with, and controlling the output of, various I/O devices in the renewable energy systems and components test facility RESLab. This SCADA system differs from traditional SCADA systems in that it supports a continuously changing operating environment depending on the test to be performed. The SCADA System is based on the concept of having one Master I/O Server and multiple client computer systems. This paper describes the main features and advantages of this dynamic SCADA system, the connections of various field devices to the master I/O server, the device servers, and numerous software features used in the system. The system is based on the graphical programming language "LabVIEW" and its "Datalogging and Supervisory Control" (DSC) module. The DSC module supports a real-time database called the "tag engine," which performs the I/O operations with all field devices attached to the master I/O server and communications with the other tag engines running on the client computers connected via a local area network. Generic and detailed communication block diagrams illustrating the hierarchical structure of this SCADA system are presented. The flow diagram outlining a complete test performed using this system in one of its standard configurations is described.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Research Institute for Sustainable Energy
Publisher: ISA - Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society
Copyright: © 2004 ISA - The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society.
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